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Bunyip Lore

Bunyip Lore

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Morning Bulletin 1942 (Jan 5)
Morning Bulletin 1942 (Jan 5)

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Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1878 - 1954), Monday 5 January 1942, page 8National Library of Australiahttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article56106437
The
Bunyip
In
AboriginalLore
Thatmostelusiveand
ambiguous
creature,
the
bunyip
(chiefrival
of
theLochNess
monster),
is
again
re-
ported
on
therampage,thistime
at
LakeDynevor,
near
Thargomindah
(Queensland).
Nofewerthan20
people
declarethat
theyhave
eeen
thebeast-abeast
comicallyunlike
anyknown
as
yet
toscience,circus,
orzoo.
In
aboriginallorethe
bunyip
wag
a
fearsome
monster.
It
was
as
big
asa
bullock,with
an
emu'sheadand
neck,
a
horse's
mane
and
tail,
and
a
seal's
flippers.
Soqueer
were
its
habitsthat
it
laidturtle'seggsin
a
platypus's
nest,while
subsisting
daintily
on
a
dietwhichvariedfromcrayfishtoblackfellows.Itsvoice,
as,
one
wouldexpect,
was
correspondingly
eccentric,
resembling
a
sepulchral
"
boom,"'
ex-
tremelyalarming
tonativeswhohadthemisfortuneto
hear
it
during
the
night
(writesWJ.T.in
the
"
Sydney
Herald").
Thelïrstoccasion
on
which
white
men
claimed
to
have
actually
seen
the
bunyip
wa«
in1872,when
onewaare-
ported
in
&
lagoon
near
Narrandera(N.S.W.).
The
mystery
animal
was
described
as
being
half
as
longagain
asa
retriever
dog,
with
long
black
hair
all
over
its
body.
After
a
fewweeksof
unavailing
search,theincident,
so
to
speak,
was
forgotten
untilabout
a
yearlater
another
bunyip
suddenly
materialisedat
Dalby,
not
a
great
dis-tanceawayfrom
where
the
presentspecimen
is
allegedto
havebeen
ob-served.
The
Dalbybunyip
waa
de-scribed
ag
having
a
headlike
a
seal,
a
tail
quaintly
likethatof
a
fish,
and
one
large
and
one
small
fin
t
Bunyips
havealsobeen
"seen''
(but,
as
usual,
never
caught)
atTen-terfieldandvarious
placesalong
the
Murrumbidgee
River.It
is
a
strangefact
thatin
every
instance
there
lisonia
similarityinthedescription*,andthecreature
ineach
casewaa
"come
upon"
in
or
neara
swamp
or
lagoon.ATEHISFATHER
t
About
fiftyyean
ago
a
bunyip
caused
a
stirintheGenoa(Vie.)dis-
trict.
It
was
awesomely
described
tothelocalsettlers
by
an
aborigine
fami-liarlyknown
as
"Genoa
Jack,"
wholiarlyknown
as
"Genoa
Jack,"
whoclaimedthatthemonsterhad
swal-
lowedhis
father
!
Thestory
he
told
waa
that
his
re-
veredparenthad
beenfishingfrom
a
smallboat
on
the
lakewhenthebun-
yip,with
a
suddenrush,capsizedthecraftandpulledtheunfortunate
sportsman
underthewater.The
body
wasnever
recovered,but
on
many
oc-
casions
afterwards
theGenoa
bunyip
was
both"seen"and"heard."Inappearance,
itwas
verymach
like
the
Thargomindah
bunyip.
Soterrified
waa
"GenoaJack"
thathe
would
not
ven-
ture
near
theswampsafterdark.Hereckonedthat,
though
occasionallyabroad
indaylight,
themonsterusuallyhunted
for
its
victims
atnight.As
blackfellowsseemed
to
be
it«
favourite
dish,
Jack
took
appropriateprecau-
tionsforhis
own
safety.
~
An
old
miner,
wholivedin
alittle
cottage
near
thesupposed
hauntsofthisferociousapparition,
told
me
that
hehad
never
personallyglimpsed
the
bunyip,
but
had
often
heard
it.
And,
according
to
him,
once
yon
heardthat
awfulcallyou
would
never
forget
it.
It
was
the
most
terrifying
and
moat
powerful
sound
he
had
ever
heard
inthe
bush.Attimes
it
nude
hishouse
vibrate.
j
Several
parties
searchedfor
this!
prize
bunyip,but
hadnotlack.Inthelocality
are
many
largeowlswhichemit
a
weirdandpetrifying
scream
atnight.Isitpossible
that
they
were
responsible
forthe
noise
at-
tributed
to
the
"
bunyip
»
t
Tasmania
is
rather
proud
of
its
bun
yips.
These
were
said
to
inhabit
the
GreatLake.In
1863
an
audaciousspecimen
is
saidtohave
bumped
a
boatandalmost
upset
it,
andin1870
aman
namedFrancia
McPartland
claimedto
have
seen
a
"herd"
or
shoal
offour.
In
every
case
where
bunyips
wereseen
inTasmania
the
descriptions
were
more
or
lessidenticaLUnbelievers
are
convincedthatbit-terns,
and
not
bunyips,
are
tobeblamed
forthe"boom"call
whichhasgiven
so
many
frights
to
so
few
bushmen.
Australians,indeed,continue
to
he
scepticalaboutthe
animal,andsmall
wonder.Therehave
been
manyatoriesofinexplicabletigers,lions,leopards,
hairy
men,and
even
mermaids,
but
in
no
singleinstancehavethesetales
beensupported
by
satisfactoryevidence.

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